What piece of art changed your life? How did it affect you?
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. Up 'til that point, I hadn't read anything that flowed like a song. Musically, I remember Bob Marley. When I was young, I remember what he would do to our whole house--it would feel like a tie-dye. Being in the room with Art Blakey changed my life. When you're in a room with him, it gets real dark all of a sudden. When I heard 'A Lil Light' by Dudley Perkins, I related so perfectly I felt like I was listening to myself. It was a real deep record for me. A film..... Let me see... Sarafina. When I first saw Sarafina, I saw these school children fighting for their freedom and making it possible to rally around and organize. I really felt the struggle they went through.
Georgia Anne Muldrow writes, performs, and produces soulful, funky music that infuses P-Funk grooves with elements of Nina Simone and Thelonious Monk. She's collaborated with Mos Def and Erykah Badu. Her new record, Kings Ballad, came out this week on Ubiquity. If you've never listened to her, start with the title track, a truly amazing tribute to Michael Jackson.